Jan 25, 2013 7:00pm EST
and bringing people in. you contrast his style with marco rubio who has taken a very different track. he has the potential to rebrand the gop. what bobby jindal is doing is a good sound bite and there's some things he's saying that are true but ultimately he's not doing anything to move the ball. >> i haven't read the whole speech. mark simone, are republicans stupid and is it wise for bobby jindal to come out and say that? >> i think it was him trying to get a little hyperbolic, trying to get attention for himself, was clumsy in his wording. i like jindal, he's a good leader, he's not presidential material. he has this middle management appearance. when ronald reagan spoke, the whole thing changed. when bill clinton showed up, the democratic brand came back. it's just a matter of time before some great communicator comes along and can say this in the right way. >> jimmy, i think -- i know mr. obama is sitting high, though he got whacked by the federal court today but i think democrats can be pretty stupid, too. if they reject entitlement reform, if they say we're just going to raise
Jan 28, 2013 7:00pm EST
marco rubio. left/right coalition on immigration, mark. how does that work? >> i think it speaks to the ideological diversity of our country and, actually, the evolution of the senate now. and, you know, you see senate republicans that used to treat compromise like a dirty word and now they're coming out and putting forward a proposal with their democratic colleagues that to a large degree mirrors the key principles that the president has identified. i do agree this is a golden opportunity for senators like marco rubio and with the other guests that mentioned that, but i do disagree that the president hasn't shown leadership here. he has been talking about comprehensive immigration reform as a key priority of the first, you know, as the beginning of the second term. so i think that what the senate democrats and republicans have done is gotten out in front and trying to make -- take ownership of this issue. they see it's going to happen. the president has give it an air of inevitability. and i'm encouraged by the signs here. >> one thing you have to watch is what senator flake just said.
Jan 21, 2013 11:00am EST
you have barack obama and senator marco rubio essentially in a similar place on immigration reform, i think you're going to get that. >> does the clock run out mid 2014? >> well, i think the record here is about a two-year kind of runway. that sounds about right to me. >> i think it's going to be shorter than that to be honest. let's not forget the fiscal issues and budget issues. he has 30 seconds before he has to sort of dive into those again. the next six months are really going to be full. >> cluck gabriel, sort of the same question to you. the rule of thumb is that the president has about 18 months to get his second term agenda underway and rolling and of course we know that an awful lot of presidential second terms have been marred by either major slips or scandals that impede the attainment of those lofty goals. >> i think 18 months is probably generous, tyler. but, you know, if he essentially does move out quickly on gun control and immigration, you know, immigration is a real wedge issue. that's an issue that democrats really have the potential to really gain advantage in